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These guidelines designed to create a safe and enjoyable space for the discussion of how to co-create hopeful, sustainable futures. This isn’t always easy work, and our online community is a place to share, grow, learn, feel hopeless or hopeful, get ideas, and be part of a group of people who are changing the world.

We expect you to act accordingly. The TLDR summary: don’t be a jerk (feel free to use other words instead of “jerk” if you like – we’re trying to keep it clean!)

Quick overview:

Be kind, be helpful, be respectful, be ethical. Stay on topic. Any bullying, abusive behaviours, and unethical practices will lead to the removal of your account and content. Feel free to share events ideas, and activities relating to our goal of co-creating hopeful, sustainable futures, but please don’t spam us with rubbish.

A bit more detail:

Participate: This is a shared learning environment. No lurking in the cyberspace background. It is not enough to login and read the discussion thread of others. For the maximum benefit to all, everyone must contribute.

Help others: You may have more experience with online discussion forums than the person next to you. Give them a hand. Show them it’s not so hard. They’re really going to appreciate it!

Ask, even if you think it’s a “dumb question”: We all come to this work and this community with different life experiences and levels of knowledge. What is blindingly obvious to one person may be puzzling to someone else. Ask away. You’re probably doing someone else a favour – you know, the person who didn’t want to ask because they thought it was a “dumb” question!

Be patient: Read everything in the discussion thread before replying. This will help you avoid repeating something someone else has already contributed. Acknowledge the points made with which you agree and suggest alternatives for those with which you don’t.

Be tolerant: This community is intended to be a global community. We’re currently using English as our main way to communicate but it’s not always easy to say what you mean in another language. If someone says something odd, check your understanding before reacting. Sometimes, what we say (and how things sound!) aren’t always what we mean.

Use proper writing style: If you want people to understand you, you need to use full sentences. We don’t expect perfect grammar, but we need to be able to understand what you are saying.

Cite your sources: AIf your contribution to the conversation includes the intellectual property (authored material) of others, e.g., books, newspaper, magazine, or journal articles—online or in print—they must be given proper attribution. This could be a link to the original article, an academic-style citation, or at the very least, the person’s name and where you found the content.

Respect diversity: It’s an ethnically rich and diverse, multi-cultural world in which we live. Use no language that is—or that could be construed to be—offensive toward others. Racists, sexist, and heterosexist comments and jokes are unacceptable, as are derogatory and/or sarcastic comments and jokes directed at religious beliefs, disabilities, and age.

USE UPPERCASE MINDFULLY: All uppercase is considered shouting. (NOT TO MENTION BEING HARD ON THE EYE). Beware the electronic footprint you leave behind. Using bold upper-case letters is bad form, like stomping around and yelling at somebody. Feel free to use uppercase to emphasise things.

No Flaming! Criticism must be constructive, well-meaning, and well-articulated. Please, no tantrums. Rants directed at any other contributor are simply unacceptable and will not be tolerated. The same goes for profanity. The academic environment expects higher-order language.

Remember: You Can’t Un-Ring the Bell. Language is your only tool in an online environment. Be mindful. How others perceive you will be largely—as always—up to you. Once you’ve hit the send button, you’ve rung the bell.

Report glitches: Discussion forums are electronic. They break. If for any reason you experience difficulty participating, please call, email, or otherwise inform me of the issue. Chances are others are having the same problem.

We reserve the right to remove or ban users who aren’t using this community space in the way that it’s intended. Depending on how people behave, we also reserve the right to update these guidelines as needed.